OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Jan. 15, 2016) — Importer/wholesaler American Pacific Industries Inc. (API) has added Aosen, an entry-level commercial radial truck line, to its portfolio to complement its Gladiator brand.
API is selling five lines of the Aosen brand, four of which are SmartWay verified under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program of recognizing fuel-efficient components, according to Art Campagnoni, API's director, truck tire sales.
The Aosen brand, produced by China's Qindao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd., debuted this week at the K&M Tire Co. 2016 Dealer Meeting in Overland Park.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based API added the brand to have a lower cost, entry-level product available for its distributors, Mr. Campagnoni said.
The four SmartWay-verified lines being sold are:
- DSR 266, an all-position tire suited for steer axle applications, one 19.5-, three 22.5- and three 24.5-inch sizes;
- DSR 669, an all-position tire, two 19.5 and one 22.5-inch sizes;
- DSR 116, an all-position tire suited for trailer applications, one 17.5-, three 22.5- and three 24.5-inch sizes; and
- DSR 768, a deep-tread closed-shoulder drive tire, three 22.5- and three 24.5-inch sizes.
The fifth line is the DSR 168, an all-position tire with a puncture-resistant tread compound designed for mixed-service applications, available in two sizes.
While API is positioning the Aosen below the Gladiator, it still carries a standard limited warranty down to 2/32nd inch tread depth and one-retread casing warranty, Mr. Campagnoni said.